Canon FS100 & Adobe Premiere

// February 10th, 2010 // Hobbies

I recently bought a Canon video camera, the FS100. It’s a handy little thing, records straight to an SD card, and has a number of groovy features. I particularly like the built-in light for shooting in darker environments. It records videos as MPEG files, but in a strange container called a MOD file. When you copy the videos to your hard drive using the included Canon software, they are renamed as MPEGs. Kind of annoying, as you can’t just rename them yourself because they have another small file with the suffix .MOI that apparently holds metadata for the video file. Strange!

My first problem was when I wanted to copy the video files without the Canon software, which I had lost and couldn’t be bothered finding again. After a bit of searching I discovered a great little utility called SD Copy. It’s just a little exe that will convert .MOD files into .MPG. You can download it from here, or have a Google.

So I’d copied all my files from the SD card, and all seemed fine when playing them back in VLC. I then decided to have some fun editing them together in Adobe Premiere. But there was a problem – all the camcorder files were coming into Premiere at the wrong ratio. I’d recorded them in 16×9 but Premiere was reading them at 4:3. So annoying! For some reason the widescreen flag doesn’t come across with the video file.

Thank god I found this incredibly useful post “Working with MOD Files in Adobe Premiere CS3“. I didn’t bother installing the dll for Premiere, since my files were already MPEGs. All I had to do was right click the file name in the Project window, select Interpret Footage, and change the Pixel/Aspect Ratio to “Conform To: Widescreen 16/9″. Bingo! Everything was at the right ratio, and all the edits I’d already made had automagically transformed as well.

Just thought I’d post this in case it helps anyone else. Apart from these teething issues, I really like my FS100, especially shooting in bright light. After dark, it gets quite grainy – thank god for the built-in light eh?

I’ll be posting my first creation on YouTube soon.

UPDATE: Here’s the creation in question! Not Oscar worthy but cute :)

4 Responses to “Canon FS100 & Adobe Premiere”

  1. Sam says:

    ‘automagically’ = good word

  2. Steve Kammeyer says:

    Thanks for posting this. I’ve been frustrated by the same thing. I’m working on a 2 minute video for a contest. Maybe you’re interested. http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/arts/2010/01/100119_myworld_terms.shtml
    I live in Troutdale, Oregon, USA

  3. emily says:

    Thanks Steve, the competition looks very interesting. Best of luck! I don’t think I’m quite at competition level yet :)

  4. Julia says:

    Thank you so much!
    Had the same exact problem with the ratio… so frustrating!! :)

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